Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., will present Rachel Davis and Buddy MacDonald Thursday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Davis is a vibrant young Cape Breton fiddler. She began playing fiddle at age 12, learning first from her grandfather, Clarence Long, then studying with Karen Beaton. Most recently, she has studied fiddle with Kyle MacNeil through her studies at Cape Breton University, where she is working towards a bachelor of arts degree in Celtic Studies. This is Davis’ third year as a featured performer in the Celtic Colours International Festival; during the 2007 festival, she was presented with the Tic Butler Memorial Award for outstanding contribution to the Cape Breton culture.

Born and brought up on the northern shores of Cape Breton, MacDonald was exposed at an early age to the singing and storytelling of some of the great Celtic singers of his native island and much of his songwriting still is influenced by this style. Over the years, he has traveled and entertained audiences throughout Canada, the United States, Germany, Scotland and the Scandinavian countries, performing as a solo act and in different combinations with other musicians from Cape Breton. He has performed on stage with many of Eastern Canada’s traditional artists including Natalie MacMaster, Howie Mac Donald, Ashley MacIssac, Dave MacIssac, John Allan Cameron and more. Since Celtic Colours International Festival began 10 years ago, he has been the host of the late night Festival Club.

For more information, call 948-7469 or visit unityme.org. Next up at Unity College Centre will be Acadia combo Boréal Tordu Thursday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. ($10); and Americana band The Trapps Friday, June 18 at 8 p.m. ($15).

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.